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The America’s Cup World Series event to be hosted by Bermuda in 2015

November 24, 2014

October 2015 will see the America’s Cup World Series come to Bermuda. This represents a racing circuit, boasting the best sailors in the world, competing on foiling, wing-sailed catamarans.

Enjoying perfect sailing conditions Bermuda. Photo credit to Bermuda Tourism

Enjoying perfect sailing conditions Bermuda. Photo credit to Bermuda Tourism

The America’s Cup World Series is the first stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup and begins in the summer of 2015. Featuring all of the America’s Cup teams racing in one design AC45 catamarans, the circuit is an early opportunity to put points on the board that carry forward into the next stage of the competition.

Overall ranking position in the America’s Cup World Series determines the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017.

“We’re delighted to be able to announce Bermuda will host the America’s Cup teams from October 16-18, 2015,” said Premier, the Honourable Michael Dunkley, JP, MP.

Arial view of Bermuda. Photo credit to Roland Skinner

Arial view of Bermuda. Photo credit to Roland Skinner

“The waters of Bermuda are ideal for racing, as anyone who has sailed here can attest. We’re very excited to have our island be a part of the next America’s Cup and to have an opportunity to showcase our maritime heritage and first class hospitality to the America’s Cup teams.”

“Our team is working very hard to bring the America’s cup to Bermuda and we are truly delighted to have the America’s Cup World Series here next year,” added the Honourable Grant Gibbons, Minister of Education and Economic Development and Bermuda’s America’s Cup Team Leader.

“Given our history of sailing, our focus on the maritime environment and the engagement of our entire community, we are going to make this a very special event.”

Bermuda Waterfront - Photo by Bermuda Tourism

Bermuda Waterfront - Photo by Bermuda Tourism

Racing in the America’s Cup World Series – Bermuda will take place on The Great Sound, while the team bases and public race village will be located on the waterfront in the heart of the capital, Hamilton.

Bermuda remains as one of two contenders – San Diego is the other – to host the final stages of the America’s Cup in 2017. A decision on the final venue is expected in early December.

“When we started to look at Bermuda as a potential venue for 2017, it quickly became apparent that it would be an ideal location for an America’s Cup World Series event, regardless of the final venue decision,” explained Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the 35th America’s Cup.

A crowded Front Street - Photo by Bermuda Tourism

A crowded Front Street - Photo by Bermuda Tourism

“The racing conditions are good for the AC45s, the logistics are in place, and the island is renowned for its hospitality and its capabilities at putting together professional events. It’s a good fit for us.”

Bermuda is celebrated in the international sailing community as the finish port for the Newport-Bermuda race, which will celebrate its 50th edition during its next running in 2016, and for the Bermuda Gold Cup, the oldest one-design match racing event in the world, dating back to 1937.

Current America’s Cup skippers Ben Ainslie (2009, 2010) and Jimmy Spithill (2005) have both won the Bermuda Gold Cup, while Russell Coutts holds a record seven titles.

Now, the island will play to host to one of the opening events in the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport – the America’s Cup.

Video: Refitted Perini Navi Sailing Yacht SPIRIT OF THE C’s (ex Felicita West) under first sea trials

November 21, 2014

Representing the 10th largest sailing superyacht in the world, the impressive 64m (209’) charter yacht Spirit of the C’s (ex Felicita West) has recently undergone the first sea trials, following her extensive refit. Originally launched by Perini Navi in 2003, luxury sailing yacht Spirit of the C’s features naval architecture by Ron Holland and stylish interiors by Nuvolari Lenard. She is available for rent in the Caribbean and Mediterranean yacht charter locations. Below is a video of the first sea trials of the Spirit of the C’s since her major refit, filmed off the coast of South Florida, using a combination of time-lapse photography and custom drones. The video was produced by Pigeon Vision and shared by Perini Navi Group.

Princess Yachts to display more than 25 yachts across four boat shows this winter

November 20, 2014

The prestigious British builder, Princess Yachts, is preparing for another busy winter with more than 25 yachts to be showcased across four boat shows. Starting the winter show season, the lovely Princess 68 Flybridge and motor yacht Princess S72 are set to make their show premieres at the London Boat Show, running from January 9 – 18, 2015. Boot Dusseldorf will kick off on January 17, where the largest model in the Flybridge range, luxury superyacht Princess 98, is to be displayed with an amazing Art Deco inspired interior from the Princess Design Studio.

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The S72 yacht will also be making her show debut at the Istanbul Boat Show and, following her World Premiere there this year, she will be returning to the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show for 2015.

Princess S72

The first in the new range of sportbridge yachts, the Princess S72 yacht combines new levels of style, on-water attitude and performance. S Class design features include incredible on-deck space and luxury, with its cockpit, tender garage and sunpad arrangement, thrilling Sportbridge and private foredeck seating. Dark wraparound glass and angled hull windows point to this yacht’s performance edge. Inside, exclusive materials, detailing and bespoke contemporary furniture offer a new level of luxury and modernity that is only enhanced by Princess’s classically toned leathers and herringbone linings.

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess 68

Following her launched at the Southampton Boat Show back in September the Princess 68 is proving a huge success and another class-leading Princess flybridge yacht. With four cabins, a vast deck saloon and generous flybridge the Princess 68 is packed with new features.

Across the main deck level, a galley aft layout allows dining options inside and out, being perfectly placed to serve the cockpit. While below deck, the master stateroom features a private stairwell and lobby with three guest cabins accessed via a separate stairwell forward. A five-person helm, private foredeck seating and spectacular seascape views add to this yacht’s charm and ability.

Princess 68 Yacht

Princess 68 Yacht

Princess 98 Motor Yacht

The largest yacht in the Flybridge range, the Princess 98 superyacht represents Princess’ ability to produce world-class long-range vessels. The 98 has been designed to the highest standards with superb engineering and a peerless ride quality. Inside the 98, a spacious saloon and dining area reflect this yachts timeless style, while four or five luxuriously appointed cabins will accommodate eight or ten guests. The use of natural light is prominent throughout as large hull windows ensure the most breathtaking views out.

Super yacht Princess 98

Super yacht Princess 98

Also on display this winter is the entry-level Princess V39 as well as the V48, V52, V57 and V62-S from the V Class range. While the full Flybridge range, from 43ft to 98ft, will be showcased throughout the show season.

The next M Class yacht, superyacht Princess 35M, will be unveiled in the Spring 2015.

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by Princess.

AIM Editors’ Choice Awards 2014: MCY86 motor yacht Never Say Never wins in Best Motor Yacht (80-89 feet) category

November 19, 2014

Friday, October 31, at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), was marked by the unveiling of the AIM Marine Group Editors’ Choice Awards winners. During the evening event at the Tranquilo Hotel, the Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht Never Say Never won in the ‘Best Motor Yacht (80-89 feet)’ category. This was the crowning moment of the success for the 26-metre MCY86 superyacht Never Say Never, that made her US debut during the FLIBS 2014.

MCY86 superyacht Never Say Never

MCY86 superyacht Never Say Never

The panel, made up of the editors of prestigious American specialist magazines, explained why it chose the MCY 86 luxury yacht Never Say Never: “Cutting-edge construction technology, intelligent design and exemplary handling in the water: this is one of the best yachts we’ve sailed on for a long time.”

MCY86 Yacht Never Say Never - Bow lounge

MCY86 Yacht Never Say Never - Bow lounge

Carla Demaria, President of Monte Carlo Yachts, expresses her delight: “To be picked by the panel of judges for the Editors’ Choice Awards, combined with how positively the MCY 86 and the whole range were received by our customers at the event, demonstrates once again that we are taking the product in the right direction.”

MCY86 super yacht Never Say Never - Saloon

MCY86 super yacht Never Say Never - Saloon

This latest prize joins the Asia Boating Award that the MCY 86 super yacht Never Say Never won in Hong Kong earlier this year. The best product Made in Italy and Made in France really does itself justice around the world.

Yachting Pages announces award-winning superyacht crew

November 19, 2014

This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) saw Yachting Pages award a GoPro camera as well as iPad mini to elated superyacht crew members. The prizes were generously donated by FunAir and Global Marine Communications (GMC).

Yachting Pages GMC award iPad mini to superyacht Match Point crew

Yachting Pages GMC award iPad mini to superyacht Match Point crew

During the five-day event, members of Yachting Pages, a specialist in products and services for the superyacht market walked the docks surveying captains and crews. All those surveyed were entered into a competition to win a GoPro camera donated by FunAir.

The winner was chosen by random on the last day of the show; Nicholas Sheard, an excited first officer on board the 37m expedition yacht Zeepaard, was presented with the GoPro.  Todd Lewis, COO, John Courtney, business development executive and Margo Wickersham, marketing director from FunAir and Michelle Williams, website and digital marketing manager from Yachting Pages, awarded him the camera.

Nicholas said, “I am ecstatic, I feel like sinking my boat, going on holiday and using my GoPro.  I was going to buy one of these anyway, it’s perfect timing.  I’m so happy.  I never win anything.  You guys are turning my life around.”

Yachting Pages FunAir award GoPro Camera to Nicholas from motor yacht Zeepaard

Yachting Pages FunAir award GoPro Camera to Nicholas from motor yacht Zeepaard

Todd Lewis of FunAir said, “It was great to work with Yachting Pages surveying captains and crews at FLIBS.  The crew were incredibly friendly and great to talk to.  We were delighted to meet Nicholas and award him the GoPro, he was so enthusiastic about winning; it was a pleasure to donate the prize.”

To enter the second competition to win an iPad mini offered by Global Marine Communications, crews posed for funny photographs with a copy of Yachting Pages to be uploaded to social media.

The chosen winners were Krisztina Hegyi, 2nd stewardess, Cori Fitzhugh, chief stewardess, Steffen Lee Bourne, bosun and Kendra Marie Human, chef from 48m superyacht Match Point.

Steffen commented, “This is a great day for us.  To be honest, I’m quite a lucky guy, but I don’t have an iPad, so this is a great prize.”

Costas Charalambous, sales director from Global Marine Communications said, “The Match Point crew deserved to win the photo competition, particularly the ladies, carrying Steffen posed like a mermaid made a great image.  I hope they enjoy the iPad mini.”

FunAir specialises in exciting and innovative inflatable products and toys for the superyacht market.  The company’s patented SeaStairs makes access from the water easy for everyone.  Their Rapidflatetm system inflates six times faster than other products, which reduces the amount of time it takes crews to erect slides and similar toys and is popular in the yachting sector.

Global Marine Communications (GMC) offers satellite communication products and services to yachts worldwide.  The company recently introduced BOSS, a bandwith optimiser service, which allows primary users (owners/officers) to have priority internet access.

Boksa Marine Design Announces Launch of New Website

November 19, 2014

Boksa Marine Design, a world-renowned Florida-based naval architecture and marine engineering studio for luxury yachts, as well as recreational and commercial vessels, is proud to unveil their new website. This was officially launched on November 10, 2014.

New website launched by Boksa Marine Design

New website launched by Boksa Marine Design

The new website features a clean, minimalist approach intended to showcase the company’s design and engineering projects and to provide visitors to the site simple navigation and usability.

“What we’ve found over the years is that, first and foremost, visitors to the website want to see the boats we’ve designed and the projects we’ve been a part of. And whether they were familiar with our services or not, we wanted to make it as easy as possible to find what they were looking for,” said Nick Boksa, president of Boksa Marine Design.

“Our simplified site navigation makes it quick and easy for visitors to view our projects and services through the Portfolio, a Current Projects page and through our Blog which has been active since early 2011,” said Boksa.

Website Features Include:

- Updated Portfolio showcases a variety of projects, from commercial marine design to custom yacht design giving visitors a look at the depth ofservices. The portfolio also fosters interaction and contains social sharing features.

- News and Media provides information for upcoming events, trade shows and company news.

- Current Projects gives visitors an inside look at the projects the company is involved with.

- Quick Access to Social Media gives visitors more ways to connect and communicate with the firm in ways that may be more convenient for them.

- Mobile Website allows people to access the website wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them.

Editors’ Choice Award for Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht NEVER SAY NEVER

November 19, 2014

This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) saw the striking Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht Never Say Never win the Editors’ Choice Award as the ‘Best Motoryacht of the Year (80-89 feet)’. MCY 86 superyacht Never Say Never has been entirely designed by the prestigious Italian design studio, Nuvolari Lenard.

Editors’ Choice Award for Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht NEVER SAY NEVER

Editors’ Choice Award for Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht NEVER SAY NEVER - Image credit to Monte Carlo Yachts

MCY 86 luxury yacht Never Say Never is a spacious and exquisite vessel, ideal for boat lovers who wish to enjoy every instant on board to the maximum. Her technical and aesthetic elements blend together in perfect harmony, with living areas of the boat featuring fabrics and materials from Hermès, Armani, Frau and Pierre Frey.

Editors’ Choice Award for MCY 86 super yacht NEVER SAY NEVER

Editors’ Choice Award for MCY 86 super yacht NEVER SAY NEVER - Image credit to Monte Carlo Yachts

With naval architecture and engineering by Monte Carlo Yachts, featuring VTR, Kevlar®, carbon construction and twin MAN V12 1800 engines, the MCY 86 super yacht Never Say Never powers to a maximum speed of 28-29 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots.

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Monte Carlo Yachts.

Versatile 67m explorer motor yacht GLOBAL introduces Yacht Carbon Offset

November 19, 2014

Currently in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the versatile 67m explorer motor yacht Global (ex Allure) now includes the Yacht Carbon Offset service, as part of her environmental procedures. Ready for adventure and available for luxury yacht charter, mega yacht Global can now assure her Owners as well as Charter guests that the greenhouse gas impact of her engines has been counteracted through the fully-documented system of Yacht Carbon Offset.

67m expedition yacht GLOBAL (ex Allure)

67m expedition yacht GLOBAL (ex Allure)

Luxury yacht Global combines superyacht standards of luxury with long-range expedition capability including helicopter facilities, vast deck & interior areas to accommodate tenders, submarines, vehicles and heavy equipment, and a high capacity crane.

Kostas Andreou, Global’s Captain commented: “We are pleased to take a further step to improve our operations through Yacht Carbon Offset’s focused service. This sport-utility yacht offers a platform to explore the world’s most pristine destinations, so it is natural that the highest environmental standards must be met. Greenhouse gas emissions are a major concern today, so it is good to be able to take effective action in such a practical way.”

Yacht Carbon Offset’s Mark Robinson said: “Global’s decision to carbon offset her fuel makes a real difference to the green energy projects that receive funding through our service. These projects reduce the consumption of fossil fuel for power generation, in order to balance out the combustion of fuel by the yacht. It is a proportionate response for this powerful vessel, and we thank the team aboard Global for their environmental leadership and for their decision to work with Yacht Carbon Offset.”

Yacht Carbon Offset provides a fully-documented service for those that own and enjoy the world’s leading superyachts and has Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Certification.

Video by YachtVid: Party for new motor yacht Ocean Alexander 100 at FLIBS 2014

November 18, 2014

During this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), Ocean Alexander hosted an amazing party to celebrate the launch of the all-new motor yacht Ocean Alexander 100′. Beautifully designed by Evan K. Marshall, superyacht OA 100 is a natural next step from the highly successful Ocean Alexander 90 yacht. She has been designed with luxury yacht chartering as a high priority. Below is a video showing the party for Ocean Alexander 100 at FLIBS 2014, released by YachtVid – a video production company, dedicated to providing interesting, informative and entertaining action yacht videos.

Video: New Motor Yacht Viking 75 at full speed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

November 18, 2014

The well known US shipyard, Viking Yachts, has released a video showing their all-new motor yacht Viking 75 at full speed in the beautiful Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale. Designed by the yard’s in-house team, in partnership with Michael Peters Yacht Design, Viking 75 yacht was introduced at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).